Definition of cosmopolis in US English:



  • A city inhabited by people from many different countries.

    • ‘In this fashion, the Stoics introduce clear, practical content to their metaphor of the cosmopolis: a cosmopolitan considers moving away in order to serve, whereas a non-cosmopolitan does not.’
    • ‘And Heidegger was ultimately ambivalent about losing his way in the cosmopolis.’
    • ‘The emphasis was on living the good life in the here and now, whether in the city state or the cosmopolis.’
    • ‘But please, don't stop name-dropping your glamorous existence in the sweaty cosmopolis on my account.’
    • ‘After all, these therapies were specifically ‘upper class’ philosophies, intended for citizens feeling the burdens of the cosmopolis upon their social, political and economic life.’
    • ‘He examines this through the idea of the cosmopolitan, arguing for an experimental cosmopolis against the return to place advocated by many critics of late Modernism.’
    • ‘But we are not convinced that a unitary world sovereign is necessary to that end: and, indeed, we worry that such a literal cosmopolis would threaten many of the values that are fundamental to the cosmopolitan vision.’
    • ‘But no cosmopolis lives up to the sophistication of this suite.’
    • ‘In other words, they assimilated them into the Roman cosmopolis.’
    • ‘What we get from the cosmopolis is not only its prosperity, but also its culture, the opportunity to meet and associate with people from all over the world and all walks of life, which will eventually root us in a cosmopolitan viewpoint.’
    • ‘But this is not a straight documentation of a migrant's reality in the cosmopolis.’
    • ‘This means new wealth, and it has again become the oil cosmopolis it was in the early 20th century; but it also means renewed great-power competition for political hegemony over the region.’
    • ‘Somehow the pollution, traffic and pot-holed roads seem so distant, unreal in the bustle of yet another cosmopolis - this one, well run.’
    • ‘It was a rustic abode for years, far removed from the bustling cosmopolis.’
    • ‘There can be little doubt, of course, that the transformation of Australia into a cosmopolis has improved the quality of its food out of all recognition.’
    • ‘Instead, they grasped the cosmopolis head on, and the result was the Roman world.’
    • ‘And both present France's view of France at its best: a scintillating, vibrant literary culture on one hand; a technologically advanced, well-working cosmopolis on the other.’
    • ‘The appeal of the cosmopolis is in inverse proportion to one's links to the polis.’
    • ‘Take a look, because you'll learn more about the sweaty cosmopolis there than you ever would from a bunch of foreigners writing postcards home.’
    • ‘The stories revolve around the troubled conditions of a modern cosmopolis rising from the bombed-out ruins of war.’


Mid 19th century: from Greek kosmos ‘world’ + polis ‘city’.